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Education Videos


Class Notes: Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence

Ulysses the unicyclist helps us examine the idea of rests in the Class Notes video "Rests: Sometimes Music is Silence."

Fast or Slow Means Tempo

Class Notes: Fast or Slow Means Tempo

The Class Notes video "Fast or Slow Means Tempo" explores the concept of tempo, what it means, how it's used, and why it's such an integral element of a score -- with some help from two bearded lumberjacks.

What Music Shares with Art

Class Notes: What Music Shares with Art

This Class Notes video is a short, vibrant tour of several of the connections between art and music.

What's in a Score?

Class Notes: A Look Inside the Score

In this Class Notes video, we get an overview of what's in a score: clefs, notes, signatures, instrumentation, and other elements that musicians refer to when they perform.

What to Do at a Concert

Class Notes: What to Do at a Concert

The Class Notes video What To Do at a Concert is designed to help teachers clarify some of the expectations for classical audiences. It uses humor to get at the heart of why classical music calls for a more expansive share of our attention than other kids of performance do, and why it's worth doing so.

What Does a Conductor Do?

Class Notes: What Does a Conductor Do?

This Class Notes video answers the question "What Does a Conductor Do?" The vibrant American conductor Sarah Hicks interacts directly with the young students in the video to spark their interest in the conductor's art and give them a taste of the great music it expresses.

Whats in a Title

Class Notes: What's in a Title?

The Class Notes video What's in a Title? offers teachers a fun way to dispel some of the confusion classical titles can cause.


Class Notes: Freeing Music Improvisation

This Class Notes video, Freeing Music: Improvisation, is designed to help teachers introduce students the kind of improvisation and ornamentation typical of Baroque music.

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Class Notes: How to Sing Well

Singing is a natural act, and using a few basic practices from this new video from Classical MPR, we can establish the foundation for a lifetime of the joy and richness it brings ourselves and others.

Lyz Jaakola

Teaching appreciation and understanding for Native American music and culture with Lyz Jaakola

As a composer, singer, instrumentalist, and leader, Lyz Jaakola is an extraordinary ambassador for Ojibwe-Anishinaabe music and culture. In this video, Jaakola takes us through various kinds of Ojibwe musical expression, and offering historical and traditional insights along the way.

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Class Notes: How Notes and Beats Go Together

Teaching and learning about the duration of musical notes can be challenging. This new video from Classical MPR makes that process 'upbeat' and fun without oversimplifying the basic concepts behind note duration and rhythm.

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Class Notes: How History Influences Music

Did you know music often reflects the time and place in which it was written? For example, Zoltan Kodaly's 'Dances of Galanta' gives us a look at a society and culture that was forever altered by the march of history. A new Class Notes video from Classical MPR shares the history behind the music.

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Class Notes: A Recipe for Emotion in Music

What tools do composers use to evoke emotions in music? This video will help teachers and students learn different techniques to help make music come alive.

Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion

Class Notes: A Journey Through Musical Emotion

Clark the caterpillar is our guide through music and emotion in this Class Notes video, our standards-based series of fun, short movies about music education.

School Spotlight


School Spotlight: Minnesota Youth Symphonies

School Spotlight highlights outstanding Minnesota school and student music ensembles during the academic year. This week's performance comes from the Symphony and Repertory Orchestras of Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

Teacher Feature

Looking at the lives and work of music teachers across Minnesota.

Matthew Krage

Music Teacher Feature: Matthew Krage

Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Matthew Krage, Director of Choirs and Director of Theatre at Virginia High School in Virginia, Minn.

Paul Kile

Music Teacher Feature: Paul Kile

Classical MPR's Teacher Feature highlights the lives and work of music teachers throughout Minnesota. This week, we meet Paul Kile, Director of Bands at Edina High School in Edina, Minn.


The Mirandola Ensemble

Meet Class Notes Artist: The Mirandola Ensemble

The Mirandola Ensemble is visiting schools around the Twin Cities as a 2014-15 Class Notes Artist.

The Mirandola Ensemble

Listen: Music from the 2014-15 Class Notes Artists

Listen here to the 2014-15 Class Notes Artists CD: Bach, Birds, and Blues, plus bonus tracks.

2014 Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity

Minnesota Varsity 2015, Classical MPR's fifth annual showcase of young musical talent across Classical MPR's broadcast region, is now open and waiting for your entry!

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School Spotlight submission form

Across the state of Minnesota, there is a wealth of strong music ensembles in our schools, colleges, and communities. Classical Minnesota Public Radio wants to share these ensembles with our listeners on our new School Spotlight.

Please mail your CD to:
Claire Philpott — Classical MPR Education
Minnesota Public Radio
480 Cedar Street
Saint Paul, MN USA 55101

Submit your recording »

Play it Forward

This November, breathe fresh life into once-loved instruments by donating them to Play It Forward, the statewide used-instrument drive created by Classical Minnesota Public Radio and the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).

Donation locations & More Information »

Mn Legacy Fund Classical MPR in the Classroom is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

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